About the collection

Concordia University Libraries house a large collection current periodical subscriptions as well as many back runs. The collection is located on the 3rd floor of the Webster Library and on the 1st floor of the Vanier Library. Periodicals, sometimes referred to as "serials", are usually published on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. They include:

  • scholarly journals
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • newsletters
  • bulletins

Periodicals are useful when looking for recent information, coverage of new topics, or narrowly specialized data on a given topic.

They are published in a variety of formats: paper, microform, or electronic format.

How to find a periodical

CLUES, the library information system, lists all periodicals held by the libraries, their exact location (Webster or Vanier Library), their dates and format. To find out if Concordia holds a periodical, connect to CLUES, and do a Journal Title search. Note that you must enter the full title, not an abbreviated version.

Detailed instructions on How to find articles using periodical indexes and abstracts is available.

Articles from periodicals that we have in print or microfilm can be scanned and sent to users by email for free - for more information see the Article Delivery Service. It is possible to have bound periodicals transferred between libraries for short periods of time. You can make a request via the Article Delivery Service.

You can make photocopies of articles in the Libraries. Here's more information on photocopying in the library.

The periodical collection is located in either the Webster or Vanier Libraries, depending on the following factors:

  • Webster Library: The latest 5 years of all journals (latest 10 years for fine arts journals) with a current subscription supporting departments on the SGW (downtown) campus
  • Vanier Library:
    • Journals with a current subscription supporting departments on the Loyola campus
    • All other bound volumes from the Concordia Libraries’ print journal collection
  • Electronic Journals: Many of our journals are now available online. CLUES will reflect this with a link in the location field. Do a Journal title search in CLUES to find electronic periodicals.

Inter-campus delivery

Concordia students, faculty and staff members can request that journal volumes be transferred from one campus library to another. Requests for scanned articles can also be made, and will be filled free of charge. Go to the online request forms for more information


Periodicals may be consulted during all hours that the libraries are open for study. Assistance using the microform reading equipment is available at the Webster Library Information Desk or the Vanier Library Circulation Desk during service hours.

page last updated on: Wednesday 4 March 2015
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